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Mumford & Sons Phoenix, AZ Poster

As Mumford & Sons continue their US tour, we were happy to followup our Colorado poster for the band with a new gig poster for their Phoenix show. We were inspired by the title of their new album Delta, and fused the concept of a river delta with a literally snaking river. The surrounding landscape was inspired by Arizona farmland.

The poster is an 18” x 24” four color screen print on French Kraft-tone Manila Yellow 100 lb cover stock, with a limited artist edition of 100 prints. Check out close up photos of the poster below along with our initial concept sketch, and a video documenting our design process. The Mumford & Sons Arizona poster will be available Tuesday, September 24th, at 7am PST in the DKNG Store.


Process Video


Initial Concept Sketch


Close Up Shots

Dave Matthews Band Bristow, VA Poster

For our latest poster for Dave Matthews Band for a show in Bristow, VA, some fitting inspiration seemed to be the band’s song "Virginia in the Rain”. We were inspired by the lyrics Come on let’s go there, let’s jump right in, We will rope swing to river swim, Virginia naked in the rain. Based on that sentiment, we created a fantastical world for a couple to swim, complete with their very own rope swing.

The poster is an 18” x 24” four-color screen print on Cougar Natural 100 lb cover stock. Check out a few close-up photos of the finished prints below, along with our initial concept sketch, and a video covering our design process. The Dave Matthews Band Bristow, VA poster is available in a very limited artist edition of 60 prints in the DKNG Store. Due to the limited nature, the sale is restricted to only one print per customer, and once the poster sells out it will not be available in the future. The Bristow poster goes on sale at 9am PST on Friday, July 26.


Initial Concept Sketch

Dave Matthews Band Bristow, VA Poster by DKNG


Process Video


Close Up Shots

Almanac Beer Co. Basecamp Imperial Pilsner

Basecamp Imperial Pilsner is Almanac’s latest fresh beer release, and is the first Almanac can to be included in the Lazy Dog Beer Club. Each quarter Lazy Dog Restaurants release a themed pack of limited edition beers. We were tapped to create a label design for their Bushcraft themed set, taking the subject of the outdoors and camping as the inspiration for the design.


Initial Concept Sketch


Photography by Almanac Beer Co.

Herbie Hancock Austin City Limits Poster

A giant of the jazz world and genre-bending pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock, just performed at ACL Live in Austin, TX, and we were honored to create a poster for the show. We were inspired by the intergalactic vibe of Herbie’s early work, as well as the setting of the venue in Texas hill country.

The poster is a four-color 18” x 24” screen print on 100 lb. Classic Crest Cream paper, with a limited edition of 300 prints. Check out our initial sketch of the poster below, along with close-up photos of the finished prints, as well as a video documenting our process of designing the poster. The Herbie Hancock ACL Live poster is now available in the DKNG Store


Initial Concept Sketch


Process Video


Close Up Shots

Grand Canyon National Park Poster

We’re excited to announce the release of our Grand Canyon National Park poster as part of the Fifty-Nine Parks poster series celebrating all of America’s National Parks. Since the Grand Canyon is such an iconic park and has been depicted in so many different ways, we wanted to capture a unique perspective of the Colorado River winding through the canyon, with a kayaker included to lend a sense of the vast scale of the park. 

The poster is an 18” x 24” four color screen print on 100 lb. French Construction Pure White paper and is part of an open edition. Check out our initial sketch of the poster below, close-up photos of the finished print, and an interview with Fifty-Nine Parks where we share our thoughts on the project. The Grand Canyon National Park poster is now available in the DKNG Store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch


LAYER-BY-LAYER COLOR SEPARATIONS


FIFTY-NINE PARKS INTERVIEW

Tell us about where the DKNG story begins.
DKNG’s collaboration began in high school when Dan and I played in a band together. We started designing our own album artwork, flyers, and posters. Years later when we were both in college in Los Angeles, we had the opportunity to design a few concert posters for the Troubadour. They liked our work and we went on to create dozens of posters for them. After various other jobs, we both eventually came on board as full time DKNG employees and we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary as a company.

What is it about screen printed posters that gets you stoked?
We spend so much time on our computers, it’s nice to work in a very analog medium. We got started printing our own posters by hand, and it was always a welcome activity to be able to see our designs come to life as we printed them. We also love the fact that no two screen prints are the same, and the fact that the process includes some natural variation makes it feel much more like a craft than other more industrial forms of printing. The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way.

Can you talk about any sources of inspiration for your Grand Canyon print?
When thinking about the Grand Canyon, we knew we wanted to convey the vastness of the park while also showing a perspective that hadn’t been seen on every souvenir postcard. We were inspired by all the fun activities that are available in the park and decided that a sole kayaker would be a good way to give a sense of scale to the print.

What's your favorite National Park?
Dan and I have only really been to a handful of National Parks. I know Dan likes Yellowstone because of the hot springs and geysers, which are pretty unique to that park. However, he has a new appreciation for The Grand Canyon, especially having the experience of flying over the park on a commercial flight. It’s just so breathtakingly huge.

What makes National Parks equally as rad as posters?
The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way, since so many have features that feel dreamlike, or like they might exist in a fantasy world.

What's one tip you'd offer for working in illustrator?
I would say the most unique and helpful tool we used when creating this print was Opacity Masks. There’s a lot of texture going on in every color and this tool came in hand when needing to fade textures from being fully opaque to semi transparent using gradients. Over all it helped make the ambiance of the print feel more painterly and less like a vector collage.

How about a tip on running a small design business?
It’s easy to get pigeonholed into being the guys that do a certain kind of work, so we like to mix it up and use our business to pursue several different types of projects. We always recommend that designers put forth the type of work that they’d like to be hired for, rather than the type of work you’ve done in the past, which will likely lead to more of the same.
 

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